STARKVILLE, Miss. – Following a thrilling 24-17 overtime victory at Arkansas on Saturday, senior offensive lineman Gabe Jackson has been named the SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week. The honor is the third of the year for Jackson, who is just the second MSU offensive lineman to ever receive the award two or more times in the same season, joining Derek Sherrod, who was a four-time selection in 2010.
Jackson is the league’s only student-athlete to receive more than one offensive lineman of the week award this season. The last SEC offensive lineman with three or more weekly honors in the same campaign was Sherrod’s four in 2010.
Earlier this season, Jackson was a Sports Illustrated and Phil Steele Midseason All-American as well as a Phil Steele Midseason First Team All-SEC selection. Jackson is also Mississippi State’s candidate for the C Spire Conerly Trophy nominee.
Saturday against Arkansas, the Liberty, Miss., native graded out at 85 percent and turned in a trio of pancake blocks. This season, Jackson has graded at 86 percent against No. 1 Alabama and on the road at Texas A&M, was graded at 89 percent with four knockdown blocks.
Jackson is helping MSU to one of its best offensive seasons in program history, averaging 438.0 yards a game, on pace to shatter the single-season record of 422.0 yards per contest, set in 1982. MSU’s quarterbacks have also benefited from Jackson’s protection, averaging 244.3 aerial yards a game, on pace to break the single-season record of 239.7 passing yards per game set in 1978.
Mississippi State hosts its final regular-season game on Thursday, welcoming Ole Miss to Starkville for a 6:30 p.m. CT kickoff in the annual Egg Bowl. The game will be nationally televised on ESPN.